BOSTON, Mass. -- No. 10 Steven Keith became the newest member of Harvard's 100-win club as the wrestling team ran its win streak to four with victories over Brown and Boston University. The Crimson first defeated the Bears, 21-11, at home in the Malkin Athletic Center before traveling across the Charles River to take down BU, 31-6.
Keith was a perfect 2-0 on the day with a pair of decisions for the 100th and 101st victories of his career. He is just the eighth wrestler in program history to reach 100 wins and joins co-captain Walter Peppelman who registered his 100th earlier this year. Keith, an All-American at 133 lbs. a year ago, is now 24-6 on the year and 11-1 in dual meets.
The wins improved Harvard to 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the EIWA. With just one dual meet remaining, the Crimson has assured itself its first winning season since 2000-01 and can clinch its first winning season in the EIWA since the same year next week by taking down Columbia.
A total of six Crimson were undefeated on the day including Peppelman, ranked 10th in the country, who is now 14-2 after notching his third first-period fall of the year. Jeffrey Ott has now won four straight bouts to improve to 16-13 while James Fox also moved his win streak to four to raise his record to 9-3.
Harvard got off to a quick start against Brown as Jeffrey Ott turned in a strong 6-0 decision against William Watterson at 125 lbs. Daniel Flowers responded with a 3-2 decision of his own over Ryan Osleeb to even the team scores before Keith put the Crimson ahead for good with a 7-2 win against Cortlandt Choate.
Todd Preston looked strong in his 149 lbs. bout against Zach Rees and scored five takedowns with riding time to earn an 11-5 decision. Preston had a chance to make it a major decision with a shot at the edge as time wound down, but Rees was able to defend to prevent the bonus points.
No. 8 Walter Peppelman scored just eight seconds into his bout with Phil Morano and carried a 4-1 lead into the second period. An escape and inside trip to open the second moved the score to 7-1 and Peppelman added a point for stalling and riding time advantage for the 9-2 win.
Brown picked up the first bonus points of the day with a 13-5 major decision by Giuseppi Lanzi over Devon Gobbo at 165 lbs. Cameron Croy answered back with a 6-3 decision over Ricky McDonald, scoring a takedown in the first and second period, but Ophir Bernstein earned a 13-3 major decision against Michael Mocco kept the team scores close, 15-11.
James Fox secured the victory for Harvard with a tight 3-2 decision over Sterling Hecox at 197 lbs. Fox scored a reversal in the second to break a scoreless tie and was able to defend against a shot from Hecox as time expired in the third to pick up the win with riding time. Nicholas Gajdzik added a 5-2 decision versus Marcos Aranda at heavyweight with two takedowns, moving the team scores to the final of 21-11.
Harvard cruised in its second match of the day at BU, winning each of the first six weights en route to eight wins total. Ott once again started things off and picked up a 14-0 major decision over Bubba McGinley. Shay Warren gutted out a 4-2 decision in sudden victory overtime against Dane Harlowe at 133 lbs. and Keith followed up with a 4-0 victory against Tyler Scotton.
Preston made it four in a row for the Crimson with an 8-6 decision versus Nick Tourville before Peppelman capped the run off by pinning Nestor Taffur at the 2:14 mark.
Harvard added three more victories before the day was out with Croy earning a 6-1 decision over Kyle Czarnecki and Mocco registering his first career win, 13-6, against Alex Najjar. Fox won his bout by forfeit to close out the day.
Harvard will close out its dual meet schedule at home next Friday, Feb. 22 against Columbia at 7 p.m.
Harvard 21, Brown 11
125: Jeffrey Ott (HU) dec. William Watterson (BU), 6-0, 3-0
133: Daniel Flowers (BU) dec. Ryan Osleeb (HU), 3-2, 3-3
141: No. 10 Steven Keith (HU) dec. Cortlandt Choate (BU), 7-3, 6-3
149: Todd Preston (HU) dec. Zach Rees (BU), 11-5, 9-3
157: No. 8 Walter Peppelman (HU) dec. Phil Morano (BU), 9-2, 12-3
165: Giuseppi Lanzi (BU) maj. dec. Devon Gobbo (HU), 13-5, 12-7
174: Cameron Croy (HU) dec. Ricky McDonald (BU), 6-3, 15-7
184: Ophir Bernstein (BU) maj. dec. Michael Mocco (HU), 13-3, 15-11
197: James Fox (HU) dec. Sterling Hecox (BU), 3-2, 18-11
HWT: Nicholas Gajdzik (HU) dec. Marcos Aranda (BU), 5-2, 21-11
Harvard 31, Boston University 6
125: Jeffrey Ott (HU) maj. dec. Bubba McGinley (BU), 14-0, 4-0
133: Shay Warren (HU) dec. Dane Harlowe (BU), 4-2 SV1, 7-0
141: No. 13 Steven Keith (HU) dec. Tyler Scotton (BU), 4-0, 10-0
149: Todd Preston (HU) dec. Nick Tourville (BU), 8-6, 13-0
157: No. 10 Walter Peppelman (HU) fall Nestor Taffur (BU), 2:14, 19-0
165: Mitchell Wightman (BU) dec. Devon Gobbo (HU), 6-1, 19-3
174: Cameron Croy (HU) dec. Kyle Czarnecki (BU), 6-1, 22-3
184: Michael Mocco (HU) dec. Alex Najjar (BU), 13-6, 25-3
197: James Fox (HU) won by forfeit, 31-3
HWT: Kevin Innis (BU) dec. Nicholas Gajdzik (HU), 3-2, 31-6